Sinus Pain & Congestion (Sinusitis)

Sinus pain? Congestion? What could it be?

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Understanding Sinusitis

Most of the time it’s a cold, sometimes it’s the flu or allergies. Other times, it’s those sinuses of yours acting up. You might get that feeling of swelling, even though you’re not feeling so well at all.

Sinusitis causes the spaces inside your nose, your sinuses, to become inflamed and swollen.  This can interfere with normal draining, and cause mucus to build up.  As a result, it might be difficult to breathe through your nose, your face might feel swollen around your eyes and nose, and you might have throbbing facial pain or a headache.

What are common symptoms of sinusitis

Symptoms of sinusitis often include thick, yellow discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat, nasal blockage, congestion, and pain, tenderness or pressure around your eyes, nose and cheeks.

What are common causes of sinusitis?

Sinusitis is primarily caused by the common cold, and usually resolves within a week or ten days, unless your sinuses become blocked and a bacterial infection develops.  This is commonly referred to as a Sinus Infection.  An acute sinus infection can last 3-8 weeks, and due to the overprescribing of antibiotics, most clinicians will recommend a variety of over-the-counter treatments in the early stages of treatment.

How to prevent sinusitis

There are ways to reduce the risk of getting sinusitis, and the best is to avoid getting an upper respiratory infection.  Stay away from people with colds and wash your hands frequently.  Also avoid situations that may irritate or inflame your lungs and nasal passages, such as allergens, smoke and polluted air.  If the air in your home is dry, a humidifier may help prevent sinusitis.

Treatment options

Sinusitis usually improves on its own, but there are over-the-counter treatments to help relieve symptoms, such as saline nasal sprays, nasal steroid sprays (like Flonase), decongestants and pain relievers like ibuprofen.  Antibiotics are not needed to treat sinusitis, and often even bacterial sinusitis may clear up without them.

You should visit your nearest vybe if symptoms persist or worsen.

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